Ok, so I saw this one on facebook and honestly, I didn’t know who Jeff Johns was. However it was the crawler that he was holding that got my attention (see below)
This truck it turns out is the new Redcat Racing Gen 8 which looks awesome, and is due out soon, details of the vehicle in the video below. However the importance of the photo it turns out was in the man, not the machine. Jeff was a founder, co owner and president of Axial Racing (after a start with HPI), a somewhat famous name in the crawler scene, and with the purchase of Axial by Horizon Hobbies many have been asking if Axial will stay at the forefront of crawler development or just keep making trucks. However it is quite possible that this appointment will see a new name, Redcat, permeate further and further into the crawler market. Only time will tell I guess!
Coming to you with the ability to choose the electronics that you want, the Axial Racing Yeti XL kit is ready for you to plug in your favourite 1/8 scale brushless 4-pole system.
AR have also included a rear sway bar (medium, 3.4mm), 3mm aluminum lower link plates, aluminum 17mm hex hubs and nuts, adjustable steel turnbuckles, and officially licensed 3.8 Falken WildPeak M/T tires in their S30 compound.
Now in kit form, the Yeti™ is a skillfully engineered rock racing vehicle with a solid rear axle and independent front suspension. Its distinct aesthetic and technical elements were inspired by full-size desert trucks. Its strategically engineered design supplies bashing stamina while delivering a high level of technical rock racing abilities without compromise in either category. This kit version will accept standard 1/10th scale brushed and brushless 4-pole systems and most major stick pack batteries. Precision machined aluminum shocks are standard equipment and deliver smooth suspension movement for consistent handling.
Axial have released a new version of the Wraith, this time featuring a fully enclosed body on the slightly unfortunately named Spawn. Perhaps they were thinking of the comic book anti-hero of the same name?
Anyway, the details!
The Axial Wraith™ Spawn is packed with performance features. This full bodied version Wraith retains many of the components that made this vehicle famous. The virtually bulletproof AR60 OCP axles are ready take the Spawn through its paces whether blasting through the wide open desert or hammering its way through the toughest rock trails. The Ripsaw™ 2.2 tires are a proven true grip standard, wrapped around industry proven Method IFD™ beadlock wheels. Whether you are rock racing or just backyard bashing, the Wraith™ Spawn is ready for action.
I know it’s kinda odd to post a review of a vehicle before the release details, but sometimes that is the way it goes with Axial Racing. Whilst i”m not sold on the rock racer vs rock crawler thing, I have to say the sheer size of this unit appeals.
So, the AX90032 Yeti XL™ Monster Buggy 1/8th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR is one BIG R/C car. While they are calling it 1:8, it’s nearly the size of a 1:5 HPI Baja. RRP is listed as $700, so i’m not sure how that will translate here in Australia with the Aussie Dollar falling somewhat of late.
he Axial Yeti XL™ Monster Buggy; a new category, a new frontier, a new dimension. From the beginning of the concept through the design phase, we drew upon our brand philosophy to develop and deliver something different to the R/C monster truck arena. Monster trucks are known for bashability, so we jumped head first into the segment by creating a vehicle with insane brushless power along with features that would allow it to withstand the abuse that comes with the territory. From the outset, the goal of maintaining brand heritage was a priority. Our research and development team took those traits and attributes, mixed them with the Axial design ethos which is heavily rooted in full size rock racing, and developed what could be considered the next level in R/C monster truck design. The Yeti XL™ is powered by a Castle Creations 2200KV 4-pole Vanguard XL brushless motor and it’s equipped with the industry’s first 8th scale solid rear axle with an independent front suspension [IFS] chassis system. Everything’s kept under control by massive 20mm aluminum shock bodies that house Big Bore 16™ (16mm) pistons on beefy 4mm shock shafts which help maintain high speed stability when running through a wide variety of terrain. With this, we have yet again skirted the mainstream and delivered a vehicle that falls into it’s own niche, the Monster Buggy.
Axial is at it again, but this time it’s not a Jeep!
The SCX10™ Ram Power Wagon is modeled after the toughest civilian 4×4 truck on the planet. This legendary Ram pickup is now available for heavy duty service work on the jobsite during the week and trail adventures with all your friends on the weekends. The beautiful two piece body can be split and used with the AX80046 SCX10™ Roll Cage Flat Bed Set (not included). The details in the front grill and both bumpers really sets this vehicle apart.As always, you can expect top level trail performance from this offering. Take a legendary Ram truck platform, mate it to the legendary SCX10™ trail truck chassis, and you have a combination that is hard to rival. The SCX10™ Ram Power Wagon is ready when you are to tackle even the harshest off road terrain.